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Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Series: Katy Lambright
Unlike Miss Montana, Katy is the epitome of innocence and naivety. She struggles against worldly influences from school, such as Jewel, a foster child who comes from a broken family. Because Katys mother abandoned both family and faith, Katy also faces speculation from within her own community: will she leave the faith as her mother did? Katys perseverance in spite of peer pressure illustrates the command of 1 Peter 3:16 to keep a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
The characters in Katys New World are believable and engaging. Katy is particularly endearing, and she experiences typical teen dramas: dealing with boys, sowing her wild oats, and finding her place in the world. Whereas Katy is determined to be an image of Christ to her school friends, she struggles with an attitude of rebellion toward authority. Katy has disrespectful thoughts toward her father and aunt, and although she restrains from voicing snide remarks, she isnt necessarily ashamed of them. Katys academic dreams are bombarded by blatant gender expectations within her community; women are expected to devote themselves to housework rather than to academia. Katy manages to accomplish both, but her pursuit of education remains unsupported by her family and friends.
Sawyer treats her story with care, removing the edge from elements that could have been written graphically, such as Jewels unhealthy family situation. Katys story is enveloped in innocence, yet demonstrates that denominational communities are not utopias. The books light approach is a refreshing, safe story for early teen girls who may be experiencing struggles similar to Katys. Kathryn Kroeker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Beth Duwenhoegger5 Stars Out Of 5suspensefullyDecember 11, 2013Beth DuwenhoeggerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a great book for the young and old. Makes you keep reading to find out what happens next.
pennyBC5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Easy ReadAugust 24, 2012pennyBCQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4My daughter loved these books and finished them quite quickly(In a day). Perhaps they were meant for younger girls but she loved them, none the less!
ArmyantAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 20, 2012ArmyantAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Good series good first one of the series a real good read
IreneUnited States4 Stars Out Of 5March 11, 2011IreneUnited StatesQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a good book written for young teen girls. The fictional story is well written with just enough religion to not be preachy. I enjoyed the story and would recommend the book.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5May 5, 2010MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleKatys New World is the first Katy Lambright book in a new teen series by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I have enjoyed some of Kims other novels, and, even though Im way past my teen years, this one also captured my interest and kept me reading. Katy belongs to the Old Order Mennonites, whose education ends with ninth grade in their one-room school. Katy longs to keep learning and is given permission by the church leaders to attend the public high school in a nearby city.Not only is Katy unfamiliar with worldly ways, she doesnt even know the meaning of many words her peers take for granted. She has to learn her way around the noisy school and keep up with mounds of homework, plus all her chores at home and helping her aunt in her fabric store. Katy wonders how she can cope with all the pressure, plus the uncertainty of where she really belongs and the void of not having a mother.Shelby, Katys escort on the first day of school, befriends her. They discover similarities and differences in their lives, and grow in respect for each other. Katy makes some poor choices in the course of the story, but learns from her mistakes. She also gains insight into herself. Can Katy have two best friendsAnnika, her friend from childhood, and Shelby, daughter of the Baptist pastor? How can they reach out to Jewel, Shelbys foster sister? Does the teasing Caleb like Katy or Annika best? Will Katys dad find a new wife after all these years? I expect these questions to carry on in the next book.